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MSC announces first batch of revamped services with CMA CGM

THE Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), the world's second largest carrier, has announced its first batch of revised Asia-Europe services jointly run with CMA CGM under its new partnership with the world's third largest container carrier.

MSC announces first batch of revamped services with CMA CGM
08 December 2011 - 00:42

THE Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), the world's second largest carrier, has announced its first batch of revised Asia-Europe services jointly run with CMA CGM under its new partnership with the world's third largest container carrier.

MSC hopes to reduce capacity under the new arrangement. The three new joint Asia-Europe services will be launched at the outset of March next year, reported Newark's Journal of Commerce, adding that MSC will also revamp its port rotations of its current Silk and Lion services.

The first new service is the Swan string, which will be run by CMA CGM with eleven 11,400-TEU vessels. Its port rotation is Xingang, Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai, Xiamen, Singapore, Port Kelang, Tangiers, Le Havre, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Antwerp, Zeebrugge, Beirut, Jeddah, Port Kelang, Singapore and back to Xingang.

Next is the Condor service, which will be operated by MSC with eleven 4,000-TEU ships and call at Ningbo, Shanghai, Gaungzhou-Nansha, Hong Kong, Shenzhen-Chiwan, Shenzhen-Yantian, Vung Tau, Southampton, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Le Havre, Malta, Korfakkan, Port Kelang, Singapore, Shenzhen-Yantian and back to Ningbo.

The third one is the Jade loop, which will be jointly operated by the two carriers with nine 9,500-TEU vessels. Its calls include: Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Shenzhen-Chiwan, Shenzhen-Yantian, Singapore, Port Kelang, Gioia Tauro, Malta, Tangiers, Port Kelang, Singapore, Vung Tau and back to Shanghai.

For MSC's existing Silk and Lion services, MSC will also undergo rotation changes.

The Silk Service will be run by eleven 14,000-TEU ships with the following rotation: Dalian, Xingang, Kwang Yang, Busan, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Singapore, Port Kelang, Felixstowe, Zeebrugge, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Southampton, Valencia, Jebel Ali, Singapore, Hong Kong and back to Dalian;

For the Lion Service, MSC will deploy eleven 14,000-TEU ships, with the following rotation: Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Shenzhen-Chiwan, Shenzhen-Yantian, Sines, Le Havre, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Felixstowe, Gioia Tauro, Singapore, Shenzhen-Chiwan, Xiamen and back to Ningbo.

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